Raise revenue or cut costs?

Advance word about the next two-year state budget that Governor Gibbons will propose to the Legislature next week is that it holds true to his promise to not raise taxes. In order to accomplish that, he will propose a pay cut for state employees equal to more than two thirds of the average 2008 state worker pay hike. Details here at the Review Journal.

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Bad Day To Be Jim Rogers

An immense amount of planning and forethought has been invested by Jim Rogers in convincing Nevadans that our government has been already cut to the bone. No, beyond! Any more will destroy the state!

It’s gotta hurt, then, to wake up and read the Nevada Controller’s legally-mandated report on actual taxing and spending. Last fiscal year, state government spending increased 4.5% (although revenue “plummeted” by 2%).

We start with a media account of the critical 2008 CAFR. The actual CAFR will follow in a few days.

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Dr. Parker Continues the Debate

UNR professor Elliot Parker makes a six-figure income to teach and write. Lately, he’s been writing about how chintzy Nevadans are in funding their state and local governments (including his own salary).

Me, well, I’m now a volunteer. But a game volunteer.

Just to catch everyone up, Parker wrote a column for the Las Vegas Sun here, which I believe was deceptive by quoting some parts, but leaving out the most important parts, of studies by such esteemed sources as the US Census Bureau and the …

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Government Pay Raises Detailed

Over at the Nevada Policy Research Institute, Geoffrey Lawrence has put together an article detailing two of the three routine kinds of pay raises enjoyed by government employees in Nevada.

The first are step increases, which are the subject of union bargaining and thus can vary from the 4.5% that Lawrence describes.

The second are COLAs, an acronym for Cost of Living Adjustment.

These two pay hike types, as Lawrence notes, are awarded regardless of job performance, and typically will cause starting pay to triple over the first …

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